Manila LRT Yellow Line

Manila LRT Yellow Line

Type Rapid transit
System Manila Light Rail Transit System
Status Operational

Roosevelt Avenue, Quezon City (Temporary)

North Avenue, Quezon City (Future)
Baclaran, Pasay City
Stations 22
Services 1
Daily ridership 442,000 (2008)
Opened December 11, 1984
Owner Light Rail Transit Authority
Operator(s) Light Rail Transit Authority
Rolling stock BN ACEC 1st Generation LRV
Hyundai Precision and Adtranz 2nd Generation LRV
Kinki Sharyo and Nippon Sharyo 3rd Generation LRV
Line length 20.7 km (12.9 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) Standard gauge
Electrification Overhead line
Operating speed 40 km/h

The Manila LRT Yellow Line is the first metro line of the Manila Light Rail Transit System. Presently, the line contains twenty-two stations and runs over twenty point seven kilometers of fully elevated track. As the name implies, the line is colored yellow on all LRT maps.

The line runs in a general north-south direction from Baclaran to Monumento; then, it runs in an east-west direction from Monumento to North Avenue, linking the cities of Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, Pasay, and Paranaque. Passengers can transfer to the Purple Line at Doroteo Jose station, while passengers can transfer to the Blue Line at EDSA and North Avenue stations.

Before the launch of the Strong Republic Transit System, the Yellow Line was known as LRT Line 1, shortened to LRT-1, or the Metrorail. However, the yellow color of the line dates back to its opening in 1984.



Street alignment

Main Line of Yellow Line

The Yellow Line is predominantly aligned to the path of Taft Avenue (Radial Road 2), which was chosen largely due to its straight length. Later on, as Taft Avenue ends, it shifts to Rizal Avenue and Rizal Avenue Extension (Radial Road 9) then turning right at EDSA or Circumferencial Road 4 (C-4 Road) before ending at the corner of North and West Avenues and EDSA. The trip continues as it traverses the Blue Line until it reaches again Pasay City near Taft Avenue.[citation needed]

South Extension

In the future it will take Quirino Avenue (Road from Paranaque to Bacoor) then at the side of Seaside Drive then to the Coastal Road then it will take the side of the street of Kabihasnan to Quirino Avenue (again) to its extension, General Emilio Aguinaldo Avenue from Las Pinas-Bacoor Boundary of Zapote Bridge to Niog.


Future plans

Yellow Line Southern Extension

A southern extension of the Yellow Line, also known as the Cavite Extension Project, is proposed, although President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo already left the project. The extension has 10 stations over some 11.7 kilometres and will be the second line extending outside the Metro Manila area (after MRT-7) with the line ending in Bacoor in Cavite. An unsolicted bid to conduct this work from Canada's SNC-Lavalin was rejected by the Philippine government in 2005. In 2006, the government is working with advisers (International Finance Corporation, White & Case, Halcrow and others) to conduct an open-market invitation to tender for the extension and a 30-year concession to run the extended LRT-1 line.

The following stations compose the Southern Extension:

The line would be extended from Parañaque City southwards, connecting Las Piñas City and the municipality of Bacoor in Cavite to the LRT network.

Incidents and accidents

Date Station Event
December 30, 2000 Blumentritt On Rizal Day, a Yellow Line car exploded near Blumentritt station as part of a series of explosions in a terrorist attack known as the Rizal Day bombings. The attack on the LRT killed some 22 people and injured hundreds. Eight members of both Jemaah Islamiyah and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which include Hambali, Asia's most wanted man, and the late Fathur Rahman al-Ghozi, were charged with plotting and masterminding the attacks in 2003, some three years after the attacks. Three suspects were put on trial,[1][2] with al-Ghozi receiving 17 years in prison due to the illegal possession of explosives. However, al-Ghozi would die in a firefight after attempting to escape from prison.
May 5, 2005 Doroteo Jose Lea Aquino Ababa of Pasay City gave birth to a baby girl inside Doroteo Jose station on her way to Fabella Memorial Hospital for a checkup, the first time a baby was born and the first time an LRT passenger gave birth inside an LRT station. She was named Dorotea, after the name of the station.[3]
May 24, 2005 Vito Cruz A fisherman, later identified as Rolly Buenafe of San Pedro, Laguna, jumped off a moving LRT train headed northbound and landed on the tracks. After that incident, he was then subsequently hit by a southbound LRT train, with the man being dragged under the train until the train stopped at Vito Cruz station at about 3:00 pm. LRTA employees then took him to Philippine General Hospital, where he suffered from massive head injuries and eventually died at 8:00 pm. Police say it was an apparent suicide after his wife left him for another man.[4]
August 17, 2005 Vito Cruz In a report by the Philippine Star on August 18, 2005, another man, later identified as Angel Moran, was either pushed off or jumped off a moving LRT train, landing on the tracks. He was then hit by another LRT train. LRTA officials called a code yellow alert and brought the man to the Ospital ng Maynila. As of press time, the man was in critical condition.[5]
September 9, 2006 Pedro Gil Thousands of passengers were stranded after faulty brakes on one southbound LRT train forced operations from Monumento to Baclaran to be suspended. In order to stop the train, power had to be cut to the entire line and as such the train had to be pulled to Baclaran to be inspected and repaired. Train operations resumed after a few hours.[6]
April 3, 2007 Vito Cruz Train operation from Monumento to Baclaran were temporarily shut down around 6:30 p.m because of a man who committed suicide by jumping down from the 26th floor of a nearby condominium and subsequently getting crushed by a southbound train. Train operations resumed after 7:25 p.m.[7]
August 26, 2007 Blumentritt A lone gunman mounted on a motorcycle reportedly shot security guard Rod Navarro of the Kaizen Security Agency at around 1:00 pm on the head, killing the guard on the spot. A motive has yet to be established for the killing of Navarro.[8]
December 18, 2007 Libertad Train operations from Central Terminal to Baclaran were temporarily suspended after a fire in a residential area in Pasay City forced the suspension of operations due to the proximity of one of the burning buildings to Libertad station. Operations from Central Terminal to Monumento still operated as scheduled. Full service was restored after the fire was controlled.[9]
January 3, 2008 Baclaran Train operations to and from Baclaran were suspended because of a fire at the Baclaran Galleria shopping mall that started at around 5:00 am. Until noontime the fire was still spreading to nearby establishments, and flames even started to encroach entrance of the station. Earlier the station had to be closed because of the thick smoke coming from the fire.[10]
July 17, 2008 Libertad Train operations were limited from Monumento to Gil Puyat when fire broke out in a 4-story Puregold commercial building beside Libertad station at around 2:00 am. Normal operations resumed in the afternoon after the fire was controlled.[11]
March 26, 2009 Tayuman A 41- year old woman tried to commit suicide by jumping onto the rails as a train bound for Baclaran approcahed. Luckily though, she did not die, as she landed on the direction of the rail and not across it, therefore she was only passed upon by the incoming train. She only suffered minor injuries. No charged were made against her.[12]
May 28, 2009 Pedro Gil At around 7:30 am, train operations from Baclaran to Central were disrupted after steel debris from a nearby construction area fell on the tracks and catenary wires.[13] Operations resumed at 9:45 am.[14]
June 24, 2010 Balintawak The a driver of a third generation four-car LRT train overshot the designated area in the Balintawak Station at around 1:26 pm PST, resulting in the denting of a stationary train. [15]
October 30, 2010 Pedro Gil Geraldine Mahinay of Parañaque City gave birth to a baby boy inside a coach on Pedro Gil Station.Geraldine together with her brother-in-law was supposed to rush her to the Dr. Jose Favella Memorial Hospital in Sta. Cruz district when the incident happened. After giving birth, both the mother and the child were rushed to the Philippine General Hospital [16]
February 18, 2011 Roosevelt Line 1 operations from Balintawak to Roosevelt station were temporarily suspended after a train sideswiped another (a 1G Train and a 3g Train) on Friday morning. A train from Roosevelt station was at the reversing track when it hit along the side another train from the opposite track. All the trains on tracks in Line 1 were immediately put on hold position at 10:02 am, forcing them to stop but shortly, resume operations from Monumento to Baclaran only. [17]
March 28, 2011 United Nations A train was headed to Baclaran when smoke emanated as it approached the United Nations Station. Some of the passengers reportedly panicked and one even broke the train’s windows in an attempt to escape the troubled train. Only two passengers were injured after being hit by shards of broken glass which was broken by one passenger of the train. Both passengers only had minor injuries. [18]
March 29, 2011 Carriedo The operations were distrupted again for the second day after the doors on a northbound train at the Carriedo station failed to close. The malfunction occurred at around 9:20 a.m. PST The doors failed to close despite the train operator’s efforts to close them before moving towards the next station. Since the trains are interconnected, all trains at service on the line at that time came to a standstill while some of the technical personnel of the line addressed the problem. Normal line operations resumed at 9:45 a.m. PST. [19]
March 30, 2011 Carriedo For the third straight day the operations were distrupted again when a train in the Carriedo Station suddenly stopped which resulted for the passengers to disembark the troubled train. Line 1 operations were delayed for 8 minutes because of the said incident. [20]
March 30, 2011 Carriedo Another glitch hit another train late night at the same station where a train stopped early morning that day and a train was unable to move due to door malfuntion the day before. The glitch was caused by the safety protocol for the train's door activated and prevented the train from leaving the station. It was theorized that it is possible that some passengers may have leaned on the doors and triggered the activation of the safety protocol of the train[21]
March 31, 2011 Vito Cruz An incident happened at around 9:45 a.m. PST at the Vito Cruz station after one passenger accidentally pressed the alarm button amid the pushing and shoving from a mob of commuters aboard the train. The train was crowded due to militant transport groups’ caravan to protest the fuel price hike which resulted in lesser jeepneys which is also a major mode of transportation in the country. All southbound trains were stranded and unavailable for almost 15 minutes. The incident was the fifth in a row in the last four days of several incidents and accidents in the line. [22]
July 15, 2011 Vito Cruz A fire broke out on a residential area near Vito Cruz station at morning, causing LRT services to be terminated for a while. At 7:53 a.m. PST, LRT operations resumed, but from Roosevelt to Central Terminal and vice versa only. Normal operations resumed at 8:40 a.m. PST. [23]


  1. ^ Terrorist raps filed vs Asia's most wanted man, Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 8, 2003
  2. ^ DOJ Indicts Asia's Most Wanted Terrorist in 2000 LRT Bombing, Department of Justice Press Release, July 7, 2003
  3. ^ Childbirth at Doroteo Jose Station, Light Rail Transit Authority Press Release, December 1, 2005
  4. ^ Seaman killed by LRT train, Philippine Star, May 26, 2005
  5. ^ Man jumps onto LRT tracks, Philippine Star, August 18, 2005
  6. ^ (Tagalog) Tren ng LRT tumirik, libong pasahero stranded, Pilipino Star Ngayon, September 10, 2006
  7. ^ Cops tag man who committed suicide at LRT, ABS-CBN Interactive, April 5, 2007
  8. ^ LRT guard shot dead in Manila, ABS-CBN Interactive, August 27, 2007
  9. ^ Fire partially stops LRT operations, Philippine Daily Inquirer, December 18, 2007
  10. ^ Baclaran blaze continues to spread, officials raise fire alarm level, GMA News and Public Affairs, January 3, 2008
  11. ^ Fire disrupts operations at LRT Libertad station, GMA News and Public Affairs, July 17, 2008
  12. ^ Woman jumps into LRT tracks, survives, Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 26, 2009
  13. ^ Metal on tracks leaves LRT passengers stranded, GMA News and Public Affairs, May 28, 2009
  14. ^ LRT resumes operations, Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 28, 2009
  15. ^ LRT 1 train dented in mishap, Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 24, 2010
  16. ^ Woman gives birth inside a LRT-1 coach, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, October 30, 2010
  17. ^ Empty LRT-1 trains collide in Quezon City, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, February 18, 2011
  18. ^ Smoke from an LRT-1 train halts operation leaving two injured, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, March 28, 2011
  19. ^ New glitch stops LRT-1 operations , The Philippine Star, March 29, 2011
  20. ^ LRT-1 Train Bogs Down Again, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, March 30, 2011
  21. ^ Fourth glitch hits LRT-1 train exec blames Safety Protocol, March 30, 2011
  22. ^ Erring passenger accidentally presses alarm button on LRT-1 train, Manila Bulletin, March 31, 2011
  23. ^ [1], Inquirer News, July 15, 2011

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